Study Abroad at Victoria University of Wellington

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About

Wellington prides itself on welcoming people from around the world and providing an experience of a lifetime. New Zealand has an endless list of adventures awaiting any who dare to be bold.

As well as AACSB approved Business courses, Sciences, Architecture and Design, Education, Engineering, Health and Music, Victoria provides a wide variety of courses in NZ's largest Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Subjects popular with our Study Abroad students Maori/Pacific/NZ/Antarctic studies, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Design and International Relations.

Located in the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills, the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Wellington is the political, cultural and creative capital of New Zealand. Sign up with VUW today to make your trip to New Zealand one of a lifetime!

Highlights
  • Study in NZ's political, cultural and creative capital city!
  • Choose from over 120 different subject areas
  • Take part in the Victoria International Leadership Programme (Only programme of its kind in NZ!)
  • Join the hiking/tramping and club and see more of NZ! There are over 140 clubs & societies!
  • Complete a Specialised Study Abroad Programme in one of 12 study areas & get transcript recognition

Questions & Answers

Depending, courses are 15/20 points. The normal thing is to choose 3 or 4 depending on the number of points it has. So around 50/60 points would be the normal thing
How was the workload in maor 123? I'm currently taking it, hoping it won't be too difficult. I have a chem lecture that sadly has a final exam... which sucks but hopefully I should be able to do alright.
The hall is around 4.000 NZ $ and you have to pay it all together at once before coming and obviously the flight is also a bit expensive but once here you won't spend much. Traveling is cheap, food is at european price more or less... But there is always a cheap option. It depends on you. I live in a catered hall so food is included so i don't spend more than 50$ per month.

Reviews

90%
based on 105 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 8
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9.1
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Montse
9/10

Feeling at home

Wellington is you place if you want a small touch, reachable by foot. A town that appreciates culture and that is absolutely in love with rugby (remember we are in New Zelanad). If you love outdoor activities this is your place!
Since the beginning VUW has organised different activities to help us to meet other internationals students. We travel, we party and we study having loads of fun together. Definitely a very good option. I've met other students from all around the world and that is really enriching.
The classes are quite good, I study engineering an I have a 4h lab every week of each of the subjects. So you always get to see how the things you learn in theory can be applied in real life. The teachers have been very helpful since the beginning and have offered me help with some extensions at the start of the course when I was a bit lost with uni.
Travelling: there are many things to see in NZ!!! Renting a car is the best option an is quite cheap compared to the prizes in Europe (around 33NZ$ per day). In the weekends you have time to travel but things are quite far away and normally the rides are very long. But there are some amazing places to visit in the North island and the north of the South island that can be visited in a weekend. Also, there is a mid-term break of two weeks that would give you plenty of time to see the places that are further away.
For living I recommend Uni Hall, they are flats really near to uni of around 5 roommates and you have space to organise parties and stuff. However, for those that don't want to buy, cook and clean I strongly recommend you to go to TPV(Te Puni Village). It is like 3' walk from Kelburn campus. This residence hall is full of first-year kiwis and it is good to get to know locals because living in a flat means going with international students 90% of the time. So I am very happy in TPV.

I would therefore recommend anyone to come here!! You are going to enjoy the program a lot!!

How can this program be improved?
Organise trips for all the students. When the trimester continues everyone starts to go only with their friends, it would be good to keep on having some organised excursions.
Yes, I recommend this program
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yang
8/10

Cultural Exchange

Coming here from another continent and get settle down in a new country is not easy. However, with the great help from the school and the well arranged programmes, it makes this exchange really smooth and a lot of opportunities are provided for us to meet new friends and exploring the wonders of new zealand. I have really enjoyed my time here as an exchange student.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Laurens
8/10

More than just a study

I've been in Wellington for a few weeks now and haven't regret my choice for a second. Wellington is a nice city with beautiful surroundings. Many other beautiful places easy to go to and are perfect for a weekend trip.
Living in the UniHall is also great. You get to know a lot of new people before the study even starts. The Uni service is also great and they reply quickly when you have any questions.

How can this program be improved?
Some parts of the introduction for international students could've been better organised.
Many seminars and speaker events are early in the afternoon, when most students still have class and thus can't attend.
Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Laurens, thanks so much for your comments! Orientation is an important day for all students and we're always looking for new ideas to make it more even more valuable and fun. If you have ideas on what might be improved, please feel welcome to give us some feedback at [email protected].

Re: the Victoria International Leadership Programme seminars and speaker events, VILP try to hold these at different times throughout the trimester, so remember to keep an eye out on CareerHub or in the VILP newsletter for upcoming events at times that better suit your schedule.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicole
10/10

My experience in Wellington

There are so many amazing things to do and see in Wellington and the Victoria University Staff and atmosphere enhances that experience greatly! Everyone is so friendly and willing to help. I felt at home the second I got here.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anne
9/10

Great university and experience

I am currently doing an exchange at Victoria in Wellington and having the best time! I am studying Industrial Design and the students and teachers are very nice and supportive. I did not have all the skills the students have here since my study back home is focussing on other things but everyone is very helpful and I have no problems adjusting.

Also the international program is really nice, the international office organizes a lot of events to make you meet new people and to get to know the university and culture. I am living in a house organized by uni hall, which is also very nice because I am living with other internationals. We are all experiencing the same and trying new NZ things so it is nice to share. The uni hall team also organizes a lot of activities which are very nice and make it easy to meet new people, especially when just arriving here.

All in all I would recommend studying at Victoria to everyone. It is the best experience for me until now.

How can this program be improved?
It is hard to think of something to improve. The only thing I could think of is that it is sometimes hard to come into the real kiwi community (we are with internationals most of the time) and it would be nice if there were more possibilities for this.
Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Anne, thanks for your awesome review! It can be tough meeting locals when you study abroad. Do you know about our International Buddy Programme? If you would like a local student buddy, please contact [email protected].

Also check out the 'Get Connected' section on our website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/why-victoria/getting-connec… or come see us at Victoria International for ideas on how to connect with more of the university and city community.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sian
9/10

Victoria Welcoming

The international buddy programme here at VUW has been a huge success. I definitely don't regret signing up to this. My buddy has been great and organised alot of socials. It's been a great way to get out of the small international loop.

How can this program be improved?
Not have accomodation that is solely for internationals. It can leave you out of the loop and isolated.
Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Sian, thanks for your feedback, its great to hear you and your buddy are doing lots! Victoria offers a wide range of accommodation options but often study abroad students choose the same kind of accommodation as each other, which means they're more likely to be housed together. The Buddy Programme is definitely a great way to expand your local friends circle.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Daniel
9/10

Victoria University of Wellington Review

I have been living in Wellington now for about one and a half months. The city is awesome to live in, I love being able to walk/run down to the waterfront in no time at all and the general views I get when walking around are also outstanding - seeing snowcapped mountains in the distance. I have not managed to travel outside of Wellington much yet due to the University work being relatively full on (as you'd expect), although there is a two week break coming up and I have planned a skiing trip with the University's Snowsports club. I have also had some time to plan out my travels after the trimester is over - I've been given some insider information by the Kiwi's I live with about where to go in particular.

With respect to my degree programme, I'm following four courses which offer a decent challenge, but all the lecturers are incredibly approachable so any problems I have with the course or assignments can be easily resolved.

I have one problem with this place, and that is their heating. In general I've found that most of the houses are pretty cold - especially with it being winter at the moment. The place I'm staying doesn't have any form of central heating, insulation or double-glazed windows. This is, however, a little niggle, and is definitely worth being a little cold to experience this amazing place!

How can this program be improved?
I would honestly say that this programme is all but perfect, some of the information right at the beginning was a bit confusing - I ended up going to the wrong induction session, but overall it's been great so far.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jack
8/10

As Fun As You Make It.

Definitely a great place and it's made even better if you put in effort and make things happen.

Classes: I'm a science major so I can't speak from other degrees. All of my classes were at the Kelburn campus which is pretty centrally located. Business and Law classes are about a 30 minute walk away. Standard lecture classes and then you have "tutorials" that you sign up for and it's a smaller tutor led review session. This is where you'll have most of your "homework". Large assignments every 2-3 weeks. I also had labs that often overlapped lectures which is totally normal. Skipping lectures is a way of life here. Most professors will record them and post them online.

Housing: I recommend living in University Hall. Wai-te-ata is closest to campus and town, really nice interior, houses 5 but its also really loud when it rains because its a tin shack. Te Kotahinga is more traditional apartments. Uni Hall arranges alot of events which is why I recommend it. I also advise living with other internationals. Kiwis aren't as friendly. Other internationals are looking for friends too and it makes it alot better. Just do it. If you want to live in a catered Hall, Te Puni village is the best in my opinion. The rest are out of the way and run down.

Social life: Clubs exist but arent as big as they are in say the US. Drinking is still a college pastime here. But alcohol is also more expensive so be wary. $8 for wine, $20 /12pk, $40 for hard stuff. Bars are really cool and the people in them are mostly students or young people. Mish Mosh, The Establishment, and Boogie Wonderland are fun places. Lots of bars and restaurants have specials on Wed night so...do that. And remember, you're only abroad once so live it up! You'll remember and cherish this experience forever.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jin Yi
9/10

YOLO or go home!

There was this one crazy afternoon where me and my friend took off to Brooklyn Hill to conquer the Brooklyn Hill Wind Turbine Walk with groceries (think cabbages and carrots) and school stuff in tow. The sun would be setting in a few hours, and we were uncertainly unprepared; I was wearing extremely inappropriate shoes for navigating muddy trails and my friend was lugging her laptop in her backpack. Nonetheles, the proximity of Wellington City to Mother Nature was too close to deter us. I really like how city and nature can coexist side by side and the wonderful blend of city and nature - my room has a spectacular view of the nearby mountain range, albeit at the price of aching calves from climbing hills to get home - gives you the urge to go out and EXPLORE. On a more serious note, learning at VUW is really conducive. For instance, controversial topics such as transgender community are freely discussed in the classroom (all in the name of learning, of course!) To end off, I really can't wait to explore the rest of The Land of the Long White Cloud!!!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I was able to interact with more Kiwis!
Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Jin Yi, thanks for your review! You are definitely now a Wellington Warrior having conquered the Brooklyn Hill walk carrying all your groceries! Do you know about the International Buddy Programme? This is a great way to meet lots of kiwis, as is the Victoria International Leadership Programme, which touches on lots of challenging topics that might interest you. If you love the outdoors, our hiking club is also a fantastic way to meet locals and experience some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery. Contact us at [email protected] if you need information.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Beth
9/10

Amazing Place!

Victoria is a really lovely uni, I am completely based on Kelburn campus and I love it, it's a really nice campus, the buildings are lovely and it's really easy to find your way around. My course are really interesting and stimulating and I alway know who to go to if I need support or help with anything. I live in the Katharine Jermyn catered halls and I really like it, it's really nice being in the city.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Fernando
10/10

Victoria University is great!

I had and amazing experience in Wellington, and Victoria University was the responsible for that in most of the time. I met great people from all over the world, and had the funniest moments. Also had the chance to learn with highly capable professionals during the lectures and tutorials.

How can this program be improved?
More chances to interact with the other students would be great!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Louisa
9/10

Wonderful time

Studying in VUW so far has been awesome. The professors are really approachable and knowledgeable. The students here are also very friendly and keen to share. Wellington is also a really scenic place with many tramps to go on! Though of course there are even more outside of wellington, so if you like hiking, this is the place to be.

How can this program be improved?
To have a more student-led orientation with games to let us get to know each other better.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Beth
10/10

Kiwi Life

Vic Uni was an active campus. There were a lot of clubs to join and I enjoyed the classes I took. They were challenging at times but not extremely hard.
I did my program through Globalinks (now merged with ISA) and that is where I made my closest friends. I had good roommates as well. Additionally, I like where I lived. I was in the Wai-te-ata apartments. When we had a problem, we would call housing and they would come out within a week. Our couch was awful though, there was a giant hole in the center of it and it was rather dirty.

How can this program be improved?
I wish there were more ways that helped international students become more active on campus or in the surrounding community.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Taylor
10/10

New Zealand is my Home

I had the best experience I could have had. Sometimes it's frustrating going to school while in the most beautiful and magical country you've ever been in, but you have to realize that you're not going to do everything you want to do. Most trips will be crammed into weekends and you'll only get a taste of the incredible things you can do in New Zealand. But because you are working so hard, those weekend trips are something to look forward to. Do them! Don't spend all your time partying, go out and experience! After a weekend of drinking, there's nothing better than spending the next one canoeing down the Whanganui River.

School was harder than it is back home (in Canada) so be prepared to work your butt off and not always get the results you expect. But don't stress too much (especially if you're on pass/fail). People know you're here to have fun, just as much to get the kiwi university experience. And will these grades matter in 5 years? No. Still, work hard and learn things. Take MAOR 123! I learned so much about the Maori culture and history and enjoyed doing it.

Living on campus was totally worth it. You're surrounded by people who want to do the same things as you, and sometimes they even plan trips for you. This is awesome because you get to enjoy yourself doing something really cool without even having to look on the internet to find the best deal for a car rental. Also, it's so worth it to be super close to town and super close to the uni. You never quite get over climbing the hill back to your flat, but at least you're getting exercise and working off those alcohol calories!

This was an incredible experience. I will miss the pineapple chews, the whittakers bars, marmite, not well insulated houses, the natural beauty, cows, sheep, the accents, the little fish that have the soya sauce in them, weekend trips and most of all all the amazing people I have met here. New Zealand is worth it and Wellington is worth it! Perfect city for those wanting to be in a small city right on the ocean and those who appreciate unique bars and cute coffee shops!

How can this program be improved?
The signing up for courses when we got to the University was difficult and long. I had to wait in lines for 2+ hours just to say that I picked all my courses and they were all good. The signs were not clear and I ended up standing in lines I didn't need to. Maybe have sign up for classes split into 2 days for 2 different groups, or make sure instructions are clearer? That was the only negative experience I had though.
Yes, I recommend this program
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CR
7/10

It has been fun but I would do it differently if I could

I have had amazing experiences in New Zealand, especially during the two week break from school. I went bungy jumping, horse trekking, wine tasting, tramping, and fishing. The country is strikingly beautiful; it surpasses all of my expectations in that regard. The initial adjustment was difficult, since my two roommates did not arrive until two weeks after me. This made me feel isolated and awkward. But, now that they are here, I am so grateful to have them. They are New Zealanders and constantly expose me to things that I otherwise would not have experiences, especially in regards to food. If I could do everything differently, I would have applied through a program. I applied directly to the university (not even through my home university) and basically was left to my own devices. The people who came to the university with a program entered school with a secure friend group. Initially I felt out of place and uncomfortable. That feeling has dissipated now, leaving me content with my experiences here. But, if given the opportunity to do it all over again, I would have paid the extra money for the program.

Yes, I recommend this program

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Located in the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills, the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Wellington is the political, cultural and creative capital of New Zealand.

Victoria offers a...